From model to actress and now businesswoman, Solenn Heussaff said she was proud to present her own perfume line to the media last February 26. "This all started two years ago. I was approached by Bel Perfumes which is based in Thailand and it’s actually more of a partnership not an endorsement. So pumunta ako ng Thailand para gumawa ng scent ko, marketing, strategy. Yung packaging ako nag-design lahat. I did all the art work so super involved ako. Kapag may meetings about the pricing and distribution laging nandun ako. It’s really hard work for the last two years,” she shared during the SOS perfume line launch held at the City Club at Alphaland in Makati city.
The Fil-French beauty shared just how hands-on she was in the actual process of making her perfume which has extracts imported directly from France. "We worked with one of the fragrance companies in France and the world. For now it’s available here lang but we’re planning to export para sa mga Filipino sa Dubai and Singapore. Since we decided to do perfumes and lagi akong on the go, ayoko ng malaking bottles. The scents are based on my personality so I did all the testing in Thailand. Ang daming extracts so kinuha ko yung 30 na favorite ko out of the thousands until we went down to the ten,” she explained.
Contrary to what people may think, Solenn said she was never picky about perfumes. "Nung bata ako hindi ako masyado mahilig sa scents. I mean I love perfumes but I never had my own smell. Parang kung ano lang pasalubong ng dad ko from his travels yun yung ginagamit ko. Tapos kung pupunta siya sa ibang bansa tapos magdadala siya ng perfume, yun yung bagong scent ko. I never had my own identity. Ngayon naman mas aware ako sa society at mas adult na ako. I want my identity when it comes to my scent because that’s the first thing you remember when you meet a person di ba?” she admitted.
After the SOS perfume line, Solenn said she is looking into branching out into more products under her name. "We’re really trying to make yung name ko into a brand na. From here depende kung anong mas benta we will develop it into other products. I can actually launch almost anything now that I have the name SOS. Nickname ko pero naging Scents of Solenn. Last time a long time ago nung nag-mini concert ako it was SOS also Solenn on Stage naman. So I use SOS talaga as a brand name,” she said.
Even with her busy schedule, Solenn said it is not an excuse to postpone marriage or starting a family. But the 31-year-old actress said she sees herself becoming a mother maybe two years from now. "For me, it shouldn’t change anything. Whether you have a family or not, I’m not going to stop working. Marriage or family shouldn’t be a hindrance to your life. Actually mas lalo kang mag-wo-work para sa pamilya mo. Mas ma-mo-motivate ka para gumawa ng maraming things para may safety yung pamilya,” she added.
With all the positive reviews she got from her offbeat role in Love is Blind, Solenn is taking it all in stride. She said playing the role of a carefree woman is not that far from her real life persona. "Kasi kalog talaga ako sa barkada ko. When it comes to events I’m not the type na gusto ko mag-ayos. I’m really parang boy ako. This is really effort yung makeup and hair (laughs). Siyempre I enjoy doing it kasi it’s also my job. I studied makeup. I love makeup. But on a regular day basis I like more of the simple look. Chill lang ako. Hindi porke’t artista ako kailangan ayos lahat. Parang it makes you unreachable. Ayoko yan,” she said.